About This Center
Iboga has made its way into our western culture during an ominous time – a time which is naturally calling for a reevaluation of the way we live. Many of us seek healing, forgiveness, and change.
Ruptured spirituality, frustration, and depression is common in so many of us. This manifests itself through drug abuse, alcoholism, abusive relationships, self hatred, and other forms of violence. We are broken, tired, angry, bored, confused, stressed, and oftentimes infinitely sad.
Beyond a certain point, to truly examine ourselves deeply and objectively in waking life is near impossible. The attempt to do so most often results in further self-deception. How can we use our mind, intellect, or heart to diffuse or address the origin of our problems which originate from the very same place? Enter Ibogaine.
The incessant, internal rapport within each of us is constantly scrambling to create the mask we present to the world- the flawless version of you. Yet this is wearing us out. Ibogaine has a powerful way of blasting our masquerade into pieces. What we are left with is a beautiful nightmare that shines a light on our humanness: Our fallibility, our fragility, our innate goodness. Our capacity for softness and empathy toward others because at the very root, we all share the same capacity for madness and beauty.
The magical and intense awakening that iboga offers is best supported by empathic practitioners. David Stetson formed Oka Center to provide a peaceful, safe, and nonjudgemental environment to receive the teachings of Iboga with the least amount of interference. His awareness of the hard path and tribulations of life make Oka Center an ideal place for people to exist as they are and heal as they are.
Here at Oka we recognize that our western culture has in many ways separated itself from nature and that we have lost a certain kind of intelligence and/or awareness because of it. Although our advancements in technology and industry have paved the way for more practical efficiency and comfort, the downside is that many of us have a hard time acknowledging or remembering where we came from and where we are going. It is easy for us to feel alienated and lost in this jungle of a society that has been built with concrete, computer chips, and suffocating ethical standards and expectations. What it means to survive in this environment often consists of values largely redundant or even detrimental in the attempt to reconnect to the natural world or your natural state. Our opinion is that Iboga can be enormously effective in turning our heads and our hearts back to our natural state, or at least to help start us back onto this path.
"Eating Iboga is the same thing as seeing your self"
- House Keeping
- Ceremony Space
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Val Hawk January 26, 2017
The Oka Center is a jewel, a perfect setting for a deep inner journey. The people there are passionate about their work, they are dedicated and caring and the real deal. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Since returning to my "normal" life, I am noticing the effects are quite long lasting; many assumptions I've been making and the patterns I've been running are falling away. It's a little scary reinventing oneself, but honestly the only thing that makes life worthwhile. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in this intense and very effective method get themselves to Oka.
Henry Gleason June 20, 2016
It's hot every day in Yucatan---I wanted to say that first, because it was the only thing that detracted from my experience at Oka Center. Fortunately all the rooms are air conditioned, and when the sun goes down and the ceremonies begin it goes down to a comfortable 70F. I want to thank Bovenga and Okukwe for their incredible services, prayers and music. I don't know if it was the iboga visions alone or the supporting ceremonies, but I literally went home to Africa when I took my big dose. I had visions which apparently are normal, pygmies, animals and the forest. I also got to review my own life, my choices, everything that's got me to be who I am. Life choices are what iboga's all about, it's given me a clean slate and a fresh start.
Deborah Fischer June 20, 2016
David and Bobby were the perfect hosts for my iboga experience. I was cautious at first because of iboga-ibogaine scams out there, but it turned out Oka Center was the right choice for me. This was a true retreat--the hacienda is completely isolated in nature. They took me on daytrips to the underground cenotes, the Chichen Itza mayan ruins, and the day before I left to a beautiful Caribbean beach. It's a great location but the real benefit was my amazing journey with iboga and ibogaine. After ayahuasca I thought I could get through anything, and iboga laughed at that arrogance, and really put me through a tough time. It took almost 2 full days to fully recover from my flood dose, but now I'm glad I went through that rough patch: I have grown so much from it, so far. I'm going to come back with my aya friends next spring.